Green Arrows hit the target in synchro swimming gala

GOLDEN GIRLS -- Alice South and Tilly Stone
GOLDEN GIRLS -- Alice South and Tilly Stone

The sport of synchronised swimming took centre stage at the Hucknall Leisure Centre pool when clubs from all over the country were represented at a prestigious tournament.

The 23rd annual Robin Hood Synchro Routine Competition was hosted by the Green Arrows Synchronised Swimming Club, which is based in Nottingham and has several members from the Hucknall area.

The tournament featured routines in duets for four different age-groups -- 12-and-under, 13-to-14-year-olds, under-17s and open. And the Green Arrows celebrated two fantastic gold medals.

Alice South (21), who lives on Whyburn Lane, Hucknall, and is a swimming teacher at the leisure centre, came first in the open duet section, alongside team captain Tilly Stone.

Eighteen-year-old Tilly’s success was made even more remarkable by the fact that she was in hospital only four weeks earlier, having her appendix removed!.

The Green Arrows’ other gold was won by Pippa Turner-Rowe and Laurie Pereira in the 13-to-14-year-olds’ duet section.

South, Stone and Turner-Rowe were also part of the open team that won silver. The other team members were Sophie Gibney, Jade Walker, Chloe James, Sammy James, Ishtika Warnakulasuriya and Rebecca Coles.

Just missing out on the medals, by a whisker, in their first competition were the junior 14-and-under combination team and also Abigail Homewood and Evelyn Turner-Rowe in the 12-and-under duet section.

As well as the Green Arrows, clubs competed from Birmingham, Rugby, Rykneld in Derbyshire and Whitney in Herefordshire.

The Green Arrows, who are the only synchronised swimming club in the county, train twice a week at Nottingham High School for Boys. Anyone interested in joining should e-mail coach Elaine Walters at